Brazil-nut date cake

Yield: 16 Servings

Measure Ingredient
3 cups Whole brazil nuts (1 pound shelled or 2 pounds unshelled)
1 pounds Whole dates; pitted
1 cup Whole maraschino cherries; drained
¾ cup Sifted flour
¾ cup Cugar
½ teaspoon Baking powder
½ teaspoon Salt
3 Eggs; beaten
1 teaspoon Vanilla

From: pilchuck!pilchuck!phred!earl@... (choo choo earl) Date: 11 Aug 93 19:41:09 GMT

I know this is early for Christmas recipes, but that's just how it happened. This is a recipe for a very good "fruitcake" my mom used to make.

The interesting thing is the amount of Brazil nuts involved. We used to have a gathering and all pitch in to crack the nuts. The formula for shelling them is included. Enjoy To shell the nuts easily, cover with cold water, bring to a boil, and boil 3 minutes. Drain and cover with cold water, then drain again. Crack and remove whole nut.

DIRECTIONS: Put whole nuts, dates, and cherries into a large mixing bowl.

Sift over this the dry ingredients. Mix well until coated. Beat eggs until foamy, add vanilla and stir into fruit mixture. Turn into a greased and waxed paper lined pan (9½ X 5 ½ X 2 ½). Spread evenly. The pan will be full. Bake in slow oven (300 degrees) for 1 hour and 45 minutes.

The cake must be entirely cool before cutting. It will keep for a long time if you can keep the fingers out of it. Wrap and store as with any fruit cake.

Note: To store a fruitcake, the way I remember is to take some clean rags, soak them in wine, and wrap the cake. This is then wrapped in aluminum foil, and the whole thing put into a plastic bag. A fruitcake stored this way will last several years.



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